John Hoff has said on his blog many times, "I do what I want." Hoff has prided himself an promoted himself (and his blog) as being a "Journalist" while rarely complying with the Journalist's Code of Ethics. Hey... He does what he wants and you better not challenge him or you will face his wrath as he becomes an "800-pound gorilla." (Yes, he has said that many times.)
The following two points are two of Eight Simple Rules for Doing Accurate Journalism from the Columbia Journalism Review by Craig Silverman.
A journalist is only as good as her sources — We often encounter a source who spins a great story, only to later discover he or she was lying to us. Or, well, spinning. Since we rely on sources to build our reporting and inform us and the public, the quality and diversity of sources is hugely important. So make the effort to find the best sources possible. This is where the next favorite saying of mine comes in to play.
Verification before dissemination — Our job is to apply the discipline of verification to everything we gather. That means checking what a source tells you before putting it out there. It means holding off on that hot bit of news to make an extra phone call or bit of checking before sending it out. It’s the core of what we do.
Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerationsof news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism. By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.Campbell (2001) defines yellow press newspapers as having daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion.Wikipedia went on to include the following about Yellow Journalism.
Frank Luther Mott (1941) defines yellow journalism in terms of five characteristics:
- scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news
- lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings
- use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts
- emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips
- dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system.
This link is to one of the bashing posts John Hoff has written about me in his quest to make good on his threat to "First Amendment retaliate" against me. Johnny Northside post quoting non existent source
In that post, John posted words that he claims came from an "expert on real estate." A few days ago I got an email from an anonymous person who posted a comment on that thread where they asked John who who that so-called expert actually is? John replied to the comments and would not reveal his "source." He would not even disclose the "expert's) credentials. In other words, John Hoff went on a bashing spree with the intention of ruining my reputation and that is a fact as Hoff promised to do just that in his email to me four years ago (see the link below to read its entirety).
Johnny Northside commonly posts questionable and/or damning opinions while giving the illusion that they are factual by claiming his information was given to him by a person "in the know" or "highly credible source" however, he rarely will reveal his sources. That activity is a great example of how John Hoff operates as a Yellow Journalist.
I do not claim to be a Journalist. I do not claim to be an Activist. I hate to even think that some might consider me a Blogger. With that being said, then why do I continue to maintain a blog about a Blogger (who I consider to be a bully blogger, hate blogger and yellow journalist) who mainly focuses on issues in north Minneapolis?
The answer is simple. The blogger, John Hoff AKA Johnny Northside has attacked me, current and former friends of mine, people I have never heard of (until he attacked them on his blog) and he has directly threatened to ruin me professionally (click HERE to read Hoff's threat to "First Amendment retaliate" agaisnt me) if I didn't back off reporting his past and present wrongs, mis-deeds, contradictions and other less than flattering things he has done in the past (one example is being removed from the Grand Forks City Council in a recall election within months of being elected. Click HERE for that story.)
Like most people, I do not like being threatened. I do not like the thought of being blackmailed. People who have a past they don't want people to know about will usually back down when similar threats are made against them. However, when those threats are made against me, who has no criminal record, nothing to hide from the public and conducted my real estate business as honestly as I could... To be blunt... It pissed me off! Since then, Hoff has attacked me personally and professionally as best he could on his blog. I have since seen Hoff attack many others using his blog and most have backed down for reasons mentioned above.
I made a promise to Hoff back in 2008. I promised to continue my pursuit of notifying the public of the risk and danger he represents as long as his blog is in existence. A promise is a promise and... I am keeping it. This is an extreme example but, it explains things in a different way.
In the 1983 movie, The Dead Zone, while talking to his doctor, a question was asked by the main character who had the ability to see events in the past and future as though he was there as a witness. This is not an exact quote but, very close with the doctor's answer to follow:
"If you could go back in time and you were to meet Hitler and you knew what he was going to do to humanity, what would you do?"
(Doctor's reply) "With the knowledge of what he would do to mankind, I would have no choice but to kill the son of a bitch."
Ok, that is an extreme comparison and I have no desire to kill John Hoff but, the very purpose of this blog is to silence John Hoff. Some people hurt others with guns and as long as their guns are taken away, they can't shoot anyone. John Hoff uses a computer as his weapon to hurt people he doesn't like or pose a threat to his agenda. John Hoff is a Yellow Journalist who has been allowed to abuse other people's rights for far too long. The Misadventures of Johnny Northside will be here until John Hoff's computer weapon is taken away from him.